Welcome to The Paw Report! My name is Rachel, and I write the posts for this page. I originally started over on Twitter (and you can still find me there!) and I also have a personal twitter account, but this blog is where you will find my longer musings on animal welfare and animal law topics.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico, and I am a law graduate of St. John’s University. As of 9/17/2014, I am officially an attorney in the state of New York! The picture you see here was taken on the day I got sworn in.
When I first entered law school, I had no idea of how I’d like my career to go, but after joining the school’s Animal Law Society as a first year student, and attending an animal law conference at Lewis and Clark Law School during my second year, I aligned my passion for animal rights with my education.
I was a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee for three years, where, among other things, I helped draft comments in support or in opposite to proposed legislation or rules. After my three-year membership, I was a non-voting member of the Committee for one year. I spent quite a few years working in the non-legal realm as a transcriber for various reality tv shows, and then as post-production assistant for a documentary series.
Currently, I’m working as a contract attorney on various e-discovery projects. I am a former Managing Editor and contributor over at Species and Class.
I went in vegan in January 2013 and my only regret is that I did not become vegan earlier in life. I live in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn with my two rescue cats: my special needs kitty named Raskolnikov and a petulant kitty named Lana. My boyfriend Spencer is a volunteer attorney with the Nonhuman Rights Project and used to blog over at the awesome Animal Blawg; please check out his wonderful work.
This page was last updated on April 9, 2017.